For Executive Health Centre and Innovation Health Group (IHG) clients. Powered by Health-in-a-Box, a division of IHG.
Having antibodies develop against COVID-19 means:
You’ve been infected in the recent past.
It may also mean:
You’re no longer
While we know a great deal about other viruses, COVID-19 is new to the world. Established science assumes the above statements are true. Time will ultimately confirm these claims.
Peace of Mind
Between 5% to 80% of those who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 may be asymptomatic. [reference #1]. Of the 10% of Canadians who were tested, about 20,000 were positive. (8/4/2020). Many more are assumed infected. Know if you’ve been infected by COVID-19 and have developed antibodies or not.
Return to Work Safely
For key workers, confirming that certain team members has been infected and, therefore are more likely to be immune could be a way of getting people back into the workforce more quickly and safely. This knowledge is critical to supporting an organization’s risk management strategy and wellbeing in the workplace.
Exemption from Restrictions
Knowing if you are immune may allow authorities to issue ‘passes’ to exclude ‘antibodies positive’ individuals from highly restrictive measures currently in place, especially if there are more future waves of COVID-19 infections in our communities.
Better Prioritization of Vaccine
Should a vaccine against COVID-19 become available in the next year, you might be able to free up a dose of the vaccine for those who need it the most, first. Some natural ‘immunity’ could mean you may not need to be at the front of the line for the first wave of critical immunizations.
If You Test Positive
We need to follow up with your potential post-COVID-19 complications:
• Lung damage (ARDS, pulmonary fibrosis)
• Liver damage
• Heart damage (arrhythmia)
• Clotting disorders (DVTs)
• Kidney failure
Therefore, we need to actively screen you for the above even if you have apparently ‘recovered’ from the acute symptoms and continue active monitoring of your overall health with blood and diagnostic imaging testing.
If You Test Negative
We need to ensure you do not contract the virus, given the known complications post infection.
You also remain at higher risk if you:
• are male
• are obese
• have high blood pressure
• have diabetes
Should you have an active chronic condition, your health team will need to work with you to lower all your risk factors immediately.
Drop™ COVID-19 Antibody Testing
This antibodies test is useful for the detection of individuals who may have developed antibodies and are presumed immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Using a small blood sample, this test helps to detect recent past exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus by measuring the immune response to the infection. This is done by identifying IgM and IgG antibodies using ELISA methodology, the gold standard of laboratory antibodies testing.
An immune response can be detected approximately 1-2 weeks after infection in asymptomatic individuals and approximately 8-10 days after the onset of symptoms for those who have experienced fever and coughing.
Your kit will contain all the necessary supplies for self-collection in the comfort of your own home. The test only requires 4 drops of blood. You will collect your blood sample using the HemaSpot-SE™ device included in your kit.
• Easy self-collection of your blood sample
• Reduces risk of exposure to yourself and others, using the privacy of your own home
• Eliminates the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as there is no need for a lab tech
• Results received within 48-72 hours upon arrival to lab via a secure HIPPA compliant portal
• Professional analysis by CoreMedica, USA a CLIA licensed and CAP Accredited Laboratory